My soul was full of excitement. I have been traveling with my family so this opportunity to explore solo was something I had not done in such a long time. I was on a expedition with nothing but my camera and myself. I saw a few signs pointing to a few beaches and I headed toward that direction.
Before I could even leave the town square area, I noticed a lot of mural art. The murals depicted Panamanian life and culture.
There were wall paintings of La Pollera which is a traditional folklore one-piece skirt that indigenous and African-descent Panamanian women wear in festivals and celebrations. These skirts are floral designed and reflects the intense feminism of the Panamanian women. There are so many variations of the pollera dress that it changes in each region of the country. I was actually surprising my wife with a custom-made pollera dress at the time.
The men also have traditional folklore clothing called the Montuno. The Montuno is the white long-sleeve shirt and closed neck dress shirt that Panamanian men wear along with long black pants, a traditional straw hat with black lines called el sombrero pintao, a small bag hanging on the left side of the body called la chacara, and black and white shoes called las chinelas. I felt a strong sense of nostalgia because you do not see these types of murals in the United States.
I was so excited to explore solo that I forgot to bring water. This was a big mistake because although Pedasí is a small town, it has winding country roads that seem to never end. It was scorching hot but somehow I still managed to take some amazing pictures. I was so focused into taking photos, that I just followed the road without knowing if I was going in the right direction (the lost traveler). I was probably dehydrated but my adventurous spirit would not let me turn back.
This area of Panama was a great contrast to Panama city. Panama City is always busy and loud with a lot of traffic. Pedasí was the opposite. It was quiet, slow-paced, calm and surrounded by nature. I was even saluted with a good morning by the locals. It helped me forgot about my dehydration for a few minutes.
The further I walked, I noticed all kinds of birds stopping to get water. I felt like these birds were taunting me as I felt like SpongeBob SquarePants when he is taken out of the water and placed on dry land. The heat was really getting to me but I would not stop going because I had already came a long way. As I roasted under the Panamanian sun, I finally was given a sign.
I was so excited that a beach was near by that I found strength to start jogging. All I could think about was the ocean water. As I pushed myself to keep going, I reminded myself that many tourists and even Panamanians never get the chance to see this hidden gem. As I arrived, I felt like I ran a 100K run and I was the first at the finish line.
The journey was definitely worth it. This beach was a hidden gem and I was so grateful for it. It was so early in the morning that I was the only one on the beach. I played in the water like a kid and had an Instagram moment. It was such an amazing feeling to connect with the sounds of the waves as the water splashed on me.
Bull Beach was very refreshing! Pedasí has a wide selection of beaches to choose from. You can also visit Playa La Garita and Playa Venao. There are also several islands to visit. Island hopping is a huge attraction for visitors. One can visit Isla Iguana. This island is named after the black iguanas that are found here. This island also has 2 beaches: Playa El Cirial and Playa El Faro. You have to take boats to reach this hidden island.
I was so proud of myself as I relived my hot body with ocean water. I even did a little hip hop freestyle because I was really having the time of my life. After taking videos and many pictures, I headed back to my family to let them know what I saw. I really felt like an explorer.
As I returned back to the town square, I was ready for breakfast and to return to Bull beach with the family. Who would have known that you could finds such a charming scene in the back roads of Pedasí? Pedasí is one of those small towns that left a huge impression on my heart.
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